Forget about that quaint Ikea scene in 500 Days of Summer that almost convinced you shopping with your S.O. could be a playful outing, devoid of any bad blood over differing design tastes. A study conducted by Article has shown that furniture shopping is a contentious activity for couples.
It should be noted that this study focuses largely on in-store furniture shopping (an activity that runs counter to Article’s online model), but still, the results are pretty surprising. As many as 15 percent of Americans avoid furniture shopping with their S.O., 21 percent describe home shopping with their partner as “annoying,” and a whopping 58 percent don’t even share their opinion while looking for new furniture to keep the peace.
The majority of arguments revolve around decor styles, home gadgets, and color schemes. The study also points out that the average couple will have 72 arguments in a year about home decor—that’s a lot of upset about something that’s supposed to bring you joy.
This news doesn’t have to be totally bleak, though, as there are plenty of ways to blend your decor style with that of your significant other. Open communication is always helpful, as are rules, both nonnegotiable and flexible. At the end of your day, your home should be a place where you can both relax and enjoy your space—there are no qualms about that.
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